Main Application Window

Main Application window with the Home panel showing

When the system starts up, the Main Application window is presented. The Main Application window contains the application menus and a web links bar running across the bottom of the window. Inside the Main Application window, the "Home" panel with the P3 product logo is presented by default.

The space occupied initially by the "Home" panel can be replaced by two other highly useful job management panels. They are the Job List panel and the Job Calendar panel. These alternate panels can be displayed using the Jobs menu or the buttons that run across the top of the "Home" panel.

  • Application Menus - These menus provide access to the various functions and windows within the system. Certain menu items are specific to the Job List panel and the Job Calendar panel and are only enabled when those panels are showing.
  • Web Links - A set of buttons may appear at the bottom of the screen that will launch your web browser and directly access a special web site such as the P3 Software web site.

Home Panel

The "Home" panel that appears when you start up contains some useful information and links or buttons that access the rest of the P3 system.

License Status - The Main Application window also displays your license status at the bottom center white section of the screen. Double clicking on the license description will cause the System Information Window to pop-up.

Release - On the lower right-hand corner of the white section of the Main Application window, the Release date of your software will be displayed. In the rare case that a problem occurs, this date may be useful in diagnosing the problems with your system.

Button Bar - The button bar on the "Home" window gives the user quick access to the most frequently used options from the "Home" window. These functions are also accessible through the application menus.

  • Update Prices - This button launches the Update Prices window through which you can collect any prices suppliers have posted for your quote requests.
  • New Job - This button allows you to immediately create a new print job and opens the Job Master Window for the new job.
  • New Project - This button allows you to immediately create a new Project and opens the Project Manager Window
  • Exit - Closes P3Source

Application Menus


This dropdown menu contains a set of highly useful functions that affect the system globally:

Global dropdown menu

  • "My Settings Window" - Opens the My Settings Window where users can modify personal system preferences.
  • "Enterprise Settings" - Opens the Enterprise Settings Window where users can modify system-wide enterprise settings.
  • "Update Prices" - Launches the Update Prices window to collect your latest price updates from the P3software Server.
  • "Update Prices All Users" - (Only Enterprise administrators will see this menu item.) Launches the Update Prices window to collect the latest price updates from the P3software Server for all users on the Enterprise User List.
  • "Update License" - Connects to the P3Software Server and collects the latest information in your license record.
  • "Update Application" - (Only visible with the installed version.) Launches a mechanism that can retrieve newer versions of the P3Source software.
  • "Change Password" - Launches the Change Password window so you can change your account password.
  • "View System Information" - Launches the System Information Window.
  • "Exit" - Shuts the system down.


Jobs dropdown menu

The Jobs menu contains functions for manipulating print job files through the Job List window. These functions will be explored as part of the description of the Job List window.


Projects dropdown menu

The Projects Menu allows the user to manage their projects. Specifically, you can create a nuew project, open or delete a project, or Activate or Deactivate Projects. A user can also reassign selected projects as desired or configure the projects list. If you want to learn more about creating or managing projects go to the Managing Project Proposals and Invoices Page


RateCards dropdown menu

The RateCards menu allows the user to create new RateCards or otherwise modify a RateCard (Open, Copy, or Delete). Finally, a user can also configure RateCards lists. For more information on RateCards, go to RateCards


Suppliers dropdown menu

Accesses the "Supplier List" section where you can maintain a list of print suppliers that can be assigned to quote on your jobs.


Customers dropdown menu

Accesses the Customer Manager Window section where you can maintain a list of customers. These customers can be sent reports, business proposals, or invoices.


Items dropdown menu

The Items menu allows a user to access the Item Manager Window. The Items Menu is a customizable menu so could appear with a different name.


Papers dropdown menu

The Papers menu allows a user to access the Paper Manager Window.


Reports dropdown menu

The Reports menu has one link to the Reporting System window where users can run reports from your database of jobs. This is an important feature as it allows users to develop highly customizable reports on Jobs or Projects.

The other menu items are reports specific to the Job List window and will be discussed with it.


Help dropdown menu

The Help menu provides web links to "Help Introduction", "Help Home", "Help Job List", "Help Calendar", "Start Up Tips-Welcome", "Start Up Tips-Calendar", Start Up Tips - JobList, and "Email P3Support". It also includes an About link which opens the About window which includes the release number and copyright information.